Rein Fire Ranch Wedding Venue | Firstlight Photography

Firstlight Photography was pleased to be a part of the recent venue open house at Rein Fire Ranch.

This rustic venue is set in the Sugar Loaf Mountain Valley so the sunsets are superb.  This serene location is versatile.  A rustic barn wedding is fitting here as is a modern elegant wedding.  The grounds are well maintained and the owners make sure events are effortless.

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About Rein Fire Ranch

Nestled in the serene Sugar Loaf Mountain Valley this working ranch feels incredibly serene and remote but it is only 45 minutes from Seattle and Tacoma – making it the ultimate wedding venue   It is one of the most breathtaking outdoor ceremony locations in the greater Puget Sound area and is highly customizable for your occasion, from cowboy boots to high heels.  You can even BYOH (Bring Your Own Horses).

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Seattle Wedding Photographer | Bridal Magazine Photoshoot

You know there is never a dull moment in our work flow.  We are surrounded by wonderful clients and friends that are in the wedding industry.  And, we have a knack for finding the truly unique and energizing projects.

Recently we happened upon a very exciting new magazine called Rock Bride.  The first issue is under production and will release later in the Spring.  The magazine is also producing a wedding show in Bellevue this fall.  We are told the show will have live entertainment, vendor booths, cake tastings, wine and beer tastings, two fashion shows, a Men’s Zone and lots of  give-aways.

We met with the publisher and knew instantly that we must sign up for the show.  Serenity Armstrong, publisher extraordinare, had us from the moment she explained her concept.  “This is not your mother’s wedding” has become the magazine’s tagline.  BINGO.  Our enthusiasm helped land a few stylized shoots.  These are the types of shoots that THRILL us.  Trying new techniques, working with top notch wedding industry vendors, talented models all the while being able to create something that will hopefully help inspire engaged couples plan their unique wedding.

Our clients are looking for something different.  They want a modern twist on their wedding.  Granted, this modern wedding might include vintage flair with the height of elegance and sparkle or it might involve a Time Travel Theme or a combination somewhere in between.  So what makes something a modern wedding?  We are seeing couples that are making their own traditions.  We are seeing themed weddings emerge, destination weddings, hybrid elopements, weddings with unique entertainment for guests, pop-up weddings and lots of LGBT weddings – which makes our hearts sing.

While we eagerly await for the release of the first issue of Rock This Bride, we can only show very basic sneak peek photos.  Here are a few from our stylized shoots.  You can only guess what we were up to…because we can’t tell you!

The first image is of our models back in their street clothes.  The rest are hints.  But, our lips are sealed!

Rustic Summer Barn Wedding | Finding the Right Wedding Photographer

Are you planning a summer or fall rustic outdoor wedding?  Firstlight Photography has photographed over 150 weddings and are adept at photographing outdoor weddings as well as barn / rustic venues.

We come prepared with our full gear including lighting and an assortment of cameras and lenses.  Kier, owner and one of our lead photogs, is equipped with his “murse” (his male handbag, dare we say man purse?) that truly is like the Tardis – bigger on the inside.  We have items that come in handy for the couple and their wedding party and our camera bags weigh in at around 40 lbs each.  So, we spend a fair bit of time working out in the off season!

Lighting and weather conditions change frequently so we are always prepared to ensure our couples get the photos they imagined.  While we always look polished and presentable we do so in a manner that affords us the ability to cover rough terrain.  We sport sensible, waterproof and off road worthy foot gear so we don’t miss a beat.

Are you looking for just the right Washington wedding venue?  We know lots of vendors and have a preferred vendor list on our website.  We would be happy to meet for a consultation to review your wedding plans and help you get a jump start to your big day.

Wedding Photography Made Fun – Gig Harbor wedding by Firstlight Photography

At Firstlight Photography, it is our goal to make sure our couples are having fun.  We choose to do this line of work not only because photography is our passion, but we have so much fun with our clients.

Weddings can be stressful – no matter how meticulous your planning.  So, we arrive early, look for the good shots and help out with “other duties as assigned.”  Sometimes this means giving guests directions via cell phone, fixing ties, finding veils, repairing bouquets, amusing cranky children – and sometimes cranky adults and basically whatever it is we can do to be helpful and keep things on track.

We arrived early for Hannah and Dylan’s wedding and scouted out some locations.  As we were taking bridal portraits of Hannah, Kier thought about getting her out on the course.  We were able to get a golfer to donate a club and Hannah just went for it – a la the golfing bride!  Surely this will be a great addition to the wedding book we are making for Hannah and Dylan.

Seattle Wedding Photography – the Engagement Shoot on Location

David and Kristen wanted an engagement shoot that would feature a Seattle City scape so we figured what better place than Gas Works Park.

On location shots provide a rich backdrop for engagement portraits.  Kristen and David were really relaxed on this day and they just went for it.

The park was crowded on this sunny day, but everyone was very helpful and we can’t tell you how many bicyclists and joggers paused to stay out of shots.  In addition, many stopped and watched from a distance.  With all of the equipment and lights it looked like David and Kristen were the celebrity couple of the day.

Most Firstlight Photography packages include an engagement session.  These sessions are great ice breakers that allow us to get to know our couples on a different level.  It really helps put everyone at ease on the big day.

Bellevue Club Wedding

bride at the Bellevue ClubThere are times at weddings when everything comes together and it just an amazing experience.  Kristen and David’s wedding was one of those times.  Sue, the mother of the bride, did all of the wedding planning and I’ve never experienced such a flawless event.

Organization goes a long way.  Our photo shoot was the most seamless I have had to date – and I have been doing this for many years!  With everyone in position and ready to go, I was given additional time to experiment and we wound up with some very memorable shots.

I had so much fun, everything went off without a hitch and I was made to feel part of the family.